The Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator (“Coordinator”) manages the Boston Cyclists Union’s bike repair programs.
They coordinate Bike to Market events, communicate with volunteers to support BCU’s repair programs, perform outreach to help more community members learn about our free bike repair, supervise 1 other mechanic and any volunteer mechanics and perform administrative tasks related to programs including inventory and parts ordering for Bike to Market.
Hours: This position is part time and seasonal ideally from mid-May until the end of September. During this period the amount of hours will vary somewhat. Our full Bike to Market season is from late June to early September. During the full season the Coordinator will work about 30 hours/week. Before and after the full season, the Coordinator will work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week. Exact start and end date are flexible.
About the Boston Cyclists Union
Our mission is to transform the streets of greater Boston into equitable and inviting people-centered spaces affording access and connection for every body. We accomplish this through organizing, advocacy, public actions, and holding city and state agencies accountable to build out the network of safe, protected bike infrastructure. We also teach bike repair and hold events to support and grow the bike community.
About Bike to Market
Bike to Market was the first program of the BCU, started in 2010 and now entering its 11th season! The goal of the program is to provide free bike repair to people with limited access to bike shops and/or limited income so they can still safely ride. We also aim to teach people how to fix their own bikes, and recruit Bike to Market participants to engage in the BCU’s organizing work, join the organization as members, and get involved in shaping transportation projects in their neighborhoods.
The program takes place at farmers markets in Roxbury, Mattapan and East Boston, as well as through pop-up events at affordable housing developments and community events. The guidance and repairs are free, and parts are sold at an affordable cost. Bike to Market volunteers and staff teach bike repair such as changing flat tires and adjusting derailleurs and brakes. We also have a bike workshop on Dudley Street where we may hold additional repair events. (We have held these in the past, and will continue to do so if we can confidently keep staff, volunteers and participants safe given the coronavirus pandemic.
- Perform basic bike repair (repair/replace flat tires, adjust brakes and replace brake pads, adjust derailers, replace or install bike parts, etc)
- Teach basic bike mechanics to visitors (this may be adjusted for safety reasons this season)
- Coordinate volunteers
- Supervise a second staff mechanic and any volunteer mechanics
- Manage merchandise sales and parts inventory
- Set up and break down the Bike to Market kit (including event tent, bike stands, tool bins, etc.)
- Use sign in and google forms to track volunteer and Bike to Market participants
- Work with BCU organizing staff on the best ways to recruit Bike to Market participants into our organizing work
- Be in communication via text and email with farmers market site coordinators and other Bike to Market team around any changes to events (weather or other unforeseen circumstances)
- Commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
- Experience as a professional bike mechanic, or advanced home repair skills.
- Strong interpersonal and relational skills and a commitment to working respectfully with individuals of different races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks.
- Desire to work as part of a team, including group reflection, receiving and giving feedback and honoring the strengths/passions of all team members.
- Clear and timely communicator.
- Knowledge and experience using google docs, google forms and Excel.
- Superior problem-solving skills under a high-paced environment.
- Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
- Bilingual abilities in Spanish preferred but not required.
Salary and benefits
- $18/hour salary
- $50 reimbursement for cell phone usage June-September
- Bike parts at cost through QBP
How to apply
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator" in the subject line and say why you're interested in this position. Please provide a resume, if you have one.
The position will remain open until filled, with preference given to candidates who apply before May 1.